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The longtime character animation producer Vinton Studios, Portland, which was bought in 2003 by Nike founder Phil Knight, has been renamed Laika House and reorganized as the commercials division of Laika, Knight's entertainment and media company. Lourri Hammack, head of production at Vinton Studios since 2002, has been named president of Laika House, which joins the Laika Entertainment feature film division. At Laika Entertainment, Henry Selick, the director of Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, who joined Laika as supervising director in 2004, is in preproduction on the animated feature Coraline, based on the Hugo Award-winning children's book by Neil Gaiman. . . . Roe Bressan, who has been managing director at the New York offices of Whitehouse, Spontaneous and Red Car, has launched Navigating, a production and postproduction management consultancy, also in New York. Among her first clients are the creative editorial house Consulate, the bicoastal repping firm Kingdom and Big Foote Music. . . . Taxi has announced the opening of its fourth North American office, in Calgary, joining the agency's offices in Montreal, Toronto and New York. . . . Minneapolis-based music and sound design company Brahmstedt White Noise has expanded to Santa Monica with an office called BWN/West. . . . Former Method Studios VFX artist Scott McNiel has founded Jack, a new visual effects studio in Los Angeles. The company has completed spots for PlayStation 2 and Nissan.
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